Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (right to left) Hans Steuck, Vice President; Farrel Beddome, President; Monica Menco, Communications Director, and Violet Espiritu, Secretary.

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Ms. Laurie Gallian, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

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Judgment of Sonoma – Notice of Postponement

Notice of Postponement: The Judgment of Sonoma has been
postponed and will be rescheduled to a date as yet undetermined. Thanks to all for your support and enthusiasm. […]

  • The serene Tokaj region

Tasting – DRY Furmints from Tokaj, Hungary

Fri, 22 April 2016 at 5 PM • Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant •

Never heard of Furmint? It is the principal grape responsible for the legendary sweet wines […]

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Wanted: Intern to Work at a Winery in Tokaj, Hungary for the 2016 Grape Harvest

Click here to read all the details and find out how to apply.

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Save the Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2016 – Judgment of Sonoma

Sonoma Sister Cities Association Event – BON JOUR!

A message from the Chamson Committee of Sonoma Sister Cities Association:
TIME: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
WHAT: […]

  • Mayor Laurie Gallian Presents Patrick Garcia as the 2016 Alcalde of Sonma

Introducing Sonoma’s Alcalde for 2016: Patrick Garcia, Citizen Extraordinaire


The City of Sonoma and the Sonoma community paid tribute to Patrick Garcia, long-time resident and volunteer, as he was installed in the position of Alcalde for 2016 this […]

  • The Crowd Witnesses the Gateway Sign Installation

Gateway Signs Updated to Reflect All Seven Sister Cities Partnerships

On March 17, 2016, a small crowd gathered on Highway 12 in Sonoma at the north end of Traintown to witness and cheer the installation the first of two new […]

Our memberships are handled by Groupspaces, click here to join.

We are sorry to announce that the Judgment of Sonoma has been postponed to a date as yet undetermined.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • The Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities Committee is looking for an intern to assist with the 2016 grape harvest in Tokaj, Hungary. Click here for more information.

  • Good news!  The Sonoma-Greve committee has a new chairperson at long last. Please welcome Diana Short and watch here for an announcement of her first meeting, which will happening soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Diana at greve@sonomasistercitiesassociation.org if you are interested in joining the Committee.